First Edition of Isaac M. Wise's The Combat of the People; Published by the oldest Jewish Printing House in America
The Combat of the People; or Hillel and Herod: A Historical Romance of The Time of Herod I.
Wise, Isaac Mayer.$4,000.00
Item Number: 82600
Cincinnati: Bloch & Co, 1859.
First edition of American Reform Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise’s historical account of the era of Herod I. Octavo, contemporary cloth over boards, lacking the front free endpaper, library bookplate to the front pastedown, later collector’s stamps to the title page, with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. In good condition. Rare.
American reform rabbi, editor, and author Isaac Mayer Wise established the first synagogue in the United States to include a mixed-gender choir, family pews, and count women in forming a quorum. Published in 1847, his Manhag American prayer-book was adopted and became the standard prayer book in most congregations throughout the Western and Southern states. He additionally published over two dozen works on the history of Judaism and Christianity including The Martyrdom of Jesus of Nazareth, Judaism and Christianity: Their Agreements and Disagreements, and The Cosmic God.